Annacotty ‘in good form’ ahead of bid to secure back to back wins in £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup

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Racing towards the finish at Cheltenham. Pic: Dan Abraham, RACINGFOTOS.COM (Courtesy of Great British Racing). 

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ANNACOTTY has been allotted 8lbs more than he carried to victory last year in the BetVictor Gold Cup where he bids to become only the third horse to secure back to back victories.

Only Half Free (1984 & 1985) and Bradbury Star (1993 & 1994) have previously won the extended two and a half mile Grade 3 handicap chase in successive years.

The £160,000 feature race of The Open meeting at Cheltenham on November 12 was previously run as the Paddy Power Gold Cup and is sponsored this year for the first time by BetVictor.

Last year Annacotty narrowly beat Buywise who re-opposes. Annacotty raced only at Cheltenham for the remainder of that season. He was sixth in a Grade 3 in December and won at the same level in January. His last run of the campaign was when finishing well back in the Ryanair Chase won by Vautour at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The Betvictor Gold Cup is set to be his first race of the season and trainer Alan King has revealed that the eight-year-old is in good order ahead of the valuable contest.

“It is the plan to go for the BetVictor Gold Cup again with Annacotty,” King confirmed.

“He is well and in good form. We would like to see a drop of rain before next weekend.

“He is a horse who is better fresh, so it was always the plan to go straight to Cheltenham again with him.”

Irish Cavalier and Top Gamble were given joint top-weight of 11st 12lbs when the weights were unveiled this week and the new sponsors anticipate a competitive renewal.

“We bet 10/1 the field for the inaugural running of this historic contest under the BetVictor Gold Cup banner,” Charlie McCann of BetVictor said.

“It looks sure to be a mouth-watering clash although running plans remain fluid for many of the principals.

“We cut Garde La Victoire in light of his second in the Haldon Gold Cup where he gave every indication that a return to further on a left-handed track would see him in an even better light.

“It is sure to be a vintage renewal of this valuable and prestigious handicap chase.”

The BetVictor Gold Cup (weights)
Grade 3 Handicap Chase. £160,000 Total Prize Fund
Cheltenham, 2.25pm Saturday, November 12, Two miles, four & a half furlongs

Horse Age Wgt Owner Trainer
IRISH CAVALIER (IRE) 7 11-12 A McIver Rebecca Curtis
TOP GAMBLE (IRE) 8 11-12 Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter Kerry Lee
VIBRATO VALTAT (FR) 7 11-11 Axom XLIII Paul Nicholls
BALLYNAGOUR (IRE) 10 11-09 Allan Stennett David Pipe
TAQUIN DU SEUIL (FR) 9 11-08 Martin Broughton & Friends 1 Jonjo O’Neill
ANNACOTTY (IRE) 8 11-08 Mrs Peter Prowting Alan King
ART MAURESQUE (FR) 6 11-08 Mrs Johnny de la Hey Paul Nicholls
VILLAGE VIC (IRE) 9 11-07 Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs
MORE OF THAT (IRE) 8 11-06 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) 5 11-06 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
SIZING GRANITE (IRE) 8 11-06 Ann & Alan Potts Colin Tizzard
SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) 7 11-05 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
EMPIRE OF DIRT (IRE) 9 11-03 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
GARDE LA VICTOIRE (FR) 7 11-03 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
TRIOLO D’ALENE (FR) 9 11-02 Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr Nicky Henderson
BUYWISE (IRE) 9 11-02 T Hywel Jones Evan Williams
TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) 9 11-02 Boultbee Brooks Ltd Venetia Williams
HENRI PARRY MORGAN 8 11-02 Ednyfed & Elizabeth Morgan Peter Bowen
VOIX D’EAU (FR) 6 11-01 Harry Fry Racing – Voix D’Eau Syndicate Harry Fry
INDIAN STREAM 7 11-00 Mrs G Davies Neil Mulholland
KING’S ODYSSEY (IRE) 7 10-13 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams
REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 8 10-13 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball
CAID DU BERLAIS (FR) 7 10-12 Donlon, Doyle, MacDonald & C Barber Paul Nicholls
BOUVREUIL (FR) 5 10-12 J P McManus Paul Nicholls
TURBAN (FR) 9 10-11 Turbanators Paul Henderson
DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) 6 10-11 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George
ASO (FR) 6 10-10 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
SHANAHAN’S TURN (IRE) 8 10-09 Ann & Alan Potts Colin Tizzard
SIZING PLATINUM (IRE) 8 10-08 Ann & Alan Potts Colin Tizzard
BALLYKAN 6 10-07 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
STILLETTO (IRE) 7 10-07 Roger Brookhouse Johnny Farrelly
AS DE MEE (FR) 6 10-05 The Stewart Family & Judi Dench Paul Nicholls
JOHNNY OG 7 10-05 T Hanlon M Boothright S Hanlon N Martin Martin Keighley
KING’S SOCKS (FR) 4 10-04 Bryan Drew David Pipe
VINTAGE VINNIE (IRE) 7 10-04 Trembath, Hyde, Outhart & Hill Rebecca Curtis
SPLASH OF GINGE 8 10-03 J D Neild Nigel Twiston-Davies
FRODON (FR) 4 10-03 P J Vogt & Ian Fogg Paul Nicholls
ORBASA (FR) 5 10-01 Ditcheat Thoroughbreds Orbasa Paul Nicholls
KILLER CROW (IRE) 7 10-00 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
MYSTIFIABLE 8 10-00 Graham and Alison Jelley Fergal O’Brien
THOMAS CRAPPER 9 10-00 Apisukcom Robin Dickin
FULL SHIFT (FR) 7 9-13 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
POTTERS CROSS 9 9-07 Conyers, O’Reilly, Roddis, Zeffman Rebecca Curtis

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